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Apple MacBook Air 11.6in sub-notebook

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re:camera cards

You'd be surprised just how rotten transfer times/speeds can be when connecting through the physical camera itself. I often wonder whether manufacturers are sticking left-over USB 1.1 controllers in them it can be so bad. Card adapters are always the way to go and use the same USB->mini-USB (I think) cable.

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@handle

It'd be great if Apple supported a lot of modern "standard" ports - think eSATA, USB 3.0 (albeit a recent addition) - but you just kind of sigh and put up with what Jobsworth has decided upon. I would gladly forgo several of the USB ports on my machine for just one of eSATA or USB 3.0 to give decent external disk transfer times without the firewire 800 port premium.

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@Tony - reboxing

My shiny new 27" i7 iMac needed reboxing as soon as I unpacked it because it has shit stuck between the glass panel and the display which is about as big a quality-control faux-pas as you could ever wish to get save for a vital innard missing.

However the support dude and manager were suitably shocked by this and a replacement whipped out post-haste - I guess what the OEM lacked in quality control the vendor made up for in customer support. Still sucks that something so obvious (it was a large piece of debris) got missed. How this compares I do not know as I have, personally, never had to send back a machine before - perhaps you could elaborate?

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I disagree (squared)

"This is a full class (though a bit underpowered for gaming) machine"

It's a full class last-generation architecture machine. I would not consider paying that much cash for a poxy old core 2. The screen is definitely not great. Having seen it next to the macpro 13" laptop it's screen looked decidedly wishy-washy. It's a great concept, for sure, but not a great outcome when spec and price are considered - and anyone who overlooks that price is a fool to themselves.

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Kingston HyperX Max USB 3.0 128GB external drive

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Comparisons

I'd like to see it compared with a LaCie Fastkey (http://www.lacie.com/au/products/product.htm?pid=11590) which has 60GB and 120GB variants and a convenient form factor as well as hardware AES 256 encryption.

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VAT fraudster gets 9 years for refusing £40m bill

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Not quite

Whether he has the money or not is quite important as the justice system needs to work within the confines of the law it supposedly enforces - it is not proportionate to try to force someone to pay back that which they have pissed up the wall. Where the burden of proof lay is a different argument. It's all crap anyway as if he got 15 years originally the 9 would be concurrent.

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Stoke Council avoids fine over lost childcare data on USB stick farce

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don't agree with the logic

"public sector workers are under the same constraints as private sector, the bosses really don't like finding a big hole made in their budgets because an employee has done something they shouldn't have"

A whole doesn't get made in the budget because they have some form of revenue raising power which they then use to fill the shortfall.

Personal accountability is much more effective. In private sector you'd probably get the boot, does that ever happen in the public sector without a large "their-their petal" pay-off?

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Man denies charges he hacked Fed Reserve network

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Go figure..

<quote>When Poo was arrested in October, agents recovered a “heavily encrypted laptop computer” that included “financial account data and personal identifying information, including more than 400,000 credit card, debit card and bank account numbers,” according to documents filed in court last week.</quote>

Either he told them the password or his encryption was actually shite.

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Putting the internet into neutral, or neutering the net?

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Silly bastard

"So who or what is going to protect Skype? Consumers' freedom to change operators, says Kroes."

So when all operators block it because there is nothing to be gained by not doing so - market forces argument has always been piss-weak when faced with the anti-competitiveness of major companies, just look at the international air freight price fixing for an example - where will the poor little consumer go then? This is *the* reason for her having a job, namely to sort out crap like this because market forces are with the biggest bully.

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Adobe (finally) adds security sandbox to Reader

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FAIL

PDF applications?

Man, that just sounds sooooo wrong.

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Samsung UE55C9000 55in LCD 3D TV

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Power Draw

"In terms of power draw the set sucks in less than a watt on stand by, but takes a relatively hefty 209W or so in Dynamic mode or around 150W in the Movie mode, which operates with reduced brightness."

Compared with my c.2005 plasma that's nothing (over 300W). Even though it's a good'un they still used to suck up the juice back in the day and it can double as a heater when the weather cools a little.

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Sweden to issue international arrest warrant for Assange

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Expected

I'm sure he expected to be stung when he kept poking wasps' nests - likewise you can argue fairness, morality, and legality with them all you like too.

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Brits say 'no, no, no' to 3D TV

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Agreed

I certainly won't be buying one until my current HD TV needs replacing and they're all there is in the shops. Tried a demo of a pricey Panasonic one the other day and just found it nauseating. Give me a decent picture and accompanying plot over some pointless nausea inducing latest-fad crud anytime.

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3D

I found, even on a demo on a bloody expensive TV, that the 3D effect was something akin to watching puppets on one of those Playschool/Blue Peter 3D theatre stages made out of a cereal packet and various pieces of coloured card stuck at varying distances into it.

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Those govt cuts - slasher horror or history-changing brilliance?

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@Mike Richards

1. Cleaners - they simply outsource cleaning to someone that employs illegal immigrants or people that will live x-to-a-room (as has been stated).

2. Rent Control - rents have been rising because so have house prices and hence the mortgages required to pay for them. As a rough guide work out the repayment for the LTV percentage of the property price that does not attract an indemnity/insurance fee at the prevailing market lending rate. i.e. repayment on 80% of 300,000 at market rate of x% is Y. This (Y) is pretty much what you'll be looking at rents being. Obviously deviations occur in areas of high or low supply but it should approximate. Rent control is also state interference in markets and that level of meddling doesn't tend to go too well. You could of course not sell off all of the public housing in the first place and then you don't have to pay market related rents because you own the things.

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Exposed: leaked body scans published online

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Air Force one

"Problem is Air Force One does not enforce a groin grope of the Pres every flight. Things would change pretty quick if they did."

Not if Bill Clinton was still in power.

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Facebook unveils 'next-gen' messaging system

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@BorkedAgain

You mean they've made a Doris Stokes app?

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Fail

"The idea was that we would take conversation across all different mediums and weave them together,"

Then sell it all to the highest bidder.

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Google accused of hard-coding own links in search

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Real Issue

The real issue is anti-trust and their abuse of their monopoly. I fully expect them to get the same size of slap that MS got from the EU.

So the evidence from the Google executive stating they put their stuff first isn't a smoking gun in your opinion?

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Fanbois howl as OS X update bricks PGPed Macs

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@AC: Wrong

You find out other people are having the same problem by accessing the internet using your shiny iPhone or iPad of course.

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Top 500 supers: China rides GPUs to world domination

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Yeah but, no but

"the GPU's flops are relatively inexpensive and the overall machine should offer excellent bang for the buck - provided workloads can scale across the ceepie-geepie of course"

Yes, but how useful is that power to the users? It's all well and good smashing a benchmark but aren't there quite a few restrictions on getting this speed from the system? To do with the size of data used and making sure it stays close to the GPU (all sort of shenanigans with getting it to stay on cache or at least on board etc) rather than moving out towards main memory i.e. the slower CPU only systems may be faster in real world usage no?

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Samsung's Android tablet: split and eviscerated

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Yep, roughly

2MP on a compact is around 1800x1000 or so pixels. For close viewing you want around 200 dpi for printing (the dots here being the pixels from the image) which translates to 9"x5".

I believe that 3MP is normally considered the minimum for A4 printing and remember my old (c2001) Sony DSC-P3 (I think) creating some great images of this size so your recollection is certainly in the ball park. I think my sister still uses the camera to this day.

Where the higher pixel count comes in is for the casual photographer who doesn't get things right in camera and needs to crop afterwards (digital zoom after the fact), but current double-digit pixel counts are counter-productive due to noise etc and I believe Panasonic came out once and said that anything higher than 10MP in a compact is pointless.

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Twitter joke martyr loses appeal

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Menacing

Judge Davies (and most of the judiciary) obviously needs to pull her head out of her arse just occasionally to sample the real world. By literal dictionary definition it may be possible to construe as menacing but context is important. He's obviously a silly sod for writing it in the current security theatrics but she's just joined him in the sin-bin for stupidity.

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MAD Students Union bars 'racist' ZOMBIE PHYSICISTS

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Students

Is this now an official pastime for those wishing to avoid work for 4 years after leaving school?

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Falklands hero Marine: Save the Harrier, scrap the Tornado

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F*ck Merriam Webster

I've always understood decimation to be

1. The Roman 1-in-10 version

2. More recently (in terms of human history) bastardised into meaning massacred/suffered massive losses.

Version 1 first and foremost though. Given the 6 from 60 another commenter quoted I'd say it's unfair to summise that Lewis was using it in the context of massive losses and would err on the side of him having used it to refer to the 1-in-10 nature of the losses.

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UK.gov closes wiretap loopholes after Phorm row

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Re:City of London Police

Are there to serve the interests of themselves and nobody else. To all intents and purposes they're just jumped up traffic wardens that wonder around (only on sunny days) hassling photographers.

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Co-op cashier's breasts overcharged for fruit and veg

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Tesco scales

When I last worked there pre-Uni (admittedly a fair while ago) the scales wouldn't weigh if they weren't zeroed

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Australia claims it invented cutting-edge tech before rest of world

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Evolution

"This new evidence for the earliest securely dated ground-edge implement in the world indicates that Australia was an important locale of technological innovation 35,000 years ago,"

and that's when the innovation hit a brick wall. From ground-edged implements to 6 litre Utes in just 35,000 years God bless'em. Although I'm not entirely sure the Ute drivers in question are as advanced as the peoples using the aforementioned implements - their knuckles definitely hang lower.

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GCHQ goes Google

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@AC

Very topical.

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Apple’s iPad lead will face pressure from Google and Nokia

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Definitely nope.

"4. Aggressive pricing--Apple has really gone for the pricing jugular on this one and will continue to do so because they can already count on selling 10s of millions of units. "

For the $1099 they charge for the top of the line iPad I can buy a 15.6" i5 Samsung laptop. It may well be apples and oranges in terms of form factor but that isn't competitively priced in anyone's language when you bear in mind the ultimate capability of each.

The problem is that Apple prices things competitively within their own line-up which, let's face it, is a parallel universe of pricing in parts. I am an Apple user by choice, more the OS than anything else, and I cannot be arsed with the hassle of Hackintosh's so I face facts and pay up.

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Fedora 14: haven for Ubuntu's homeless GNOMEs

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Installers

"It's also worth mentioning that Fedora still has the best Linux installer I've used, with the option to customize and tweak your installed software before installation. It's something Ubuntu should really consider offering."

Maybe, maybe not. You did, after all, mention that the two distros are effectively aimed at developers and newbies respectively and therefore that would explain the differences in the installers - as you like it vs. click once. I suppose they could placate people by having a checkbox or something but if they're not targeting those users then it's wasted effort.

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App Store II: Steve Jobs sucks Mac's soul

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It is and it isn't

It doesn't stop you from installing what you want but I can kind of understand the issues with restriction/effective restraint of trade. People new to the platform or just not that techy will not doubt be drawn towards this app repository and hence be directed towards the apps that are allowed in rather than the best app for the job which kind of leads towards a rather warped survival of the fittest.

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The terabyte iPad is coming

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Agree

Especially with regards trusting stuff to the cloud for backup. For one, with all the cameras now out there taking HD video at around 13GB/hr best of luck syncing that on your average plan. Same goes for photos from compact cameras unless you have an old 3MP one and take around 5 photos per month.

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Murder victim-mocking troll jailed

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Terms of reference

Dispicable fuck-stick would me more applicable still

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Gentlemen, start your engines – with your phone!

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@AC

Do you know how much fuel is used on tick-over for a modern diesel? About 0.1 litres/hr for a 2 litre engine. Fuck all in the scheme of things. Pulling away with a touch too much lead in the boot is far more of an issue.

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Over 100,000 stops-and-searches: zero terrorists

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Yep

I was just about to suggest that if they hadn't stopped 100,000 photographers they may have found a terrorist. Obviously the intersection of terrorists with photographers is a vanishingly small set.

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Nearly half of top UK firms do not use software escrow

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Exactly

A lot of companies that large with specially written software (just for them) will likely have the source code outside of Escrow as part of the development. Best of luck to all those utterly reliant on Windows and Office. It's likely they don't use Escrow because it's not that big an issue for them.

From personal experience code Escrow only normally gets used for small software company selling to big company. Outside of that you generally get told to f*ck off and the vendor can do so as they likely are the market leader in their segment or big enough (MS, Oracle) to just smirk and tell you to sign the contract.

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Notorious Koobface worm ported to Mac OS X

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There is a hurdle though

"Assuming they do, or are able to trick users into clicking “Allow” anyway, they will also need to resolve issues preventing the downloaded files from installing."

For anything to install is OSX (much like Windows 7) a user has to click allow and enter the username password combo of a user with admin rights (a sudoer effectively). Now, if your machine is setup properly that username and password is for a separate account and your plebian-most users won't know it, hence they can click away to their heart's content. That'd be a pretty high hurdle in my book and I know that my Mac and my parents PC with therefore be safe.

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Ms. Gates: 'Bill does not use a Mac'

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I'll concede

that the scroll wheel is one thing that makes a hell of a difference. Otherwise my little Sony player shits on the ipod for sound quality and uses drag-drop updating. Still, as someone posted, quality doesn't get the most sales.

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Facebook pages very much public, even when set as private

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Sounds about right

I had a look at this Facebook thingy a few years back and it just seemed like an accident waiting to happen. Glad I steered clear as it seems that can't, or simply do not want to, keep information private to the level the user specifies. Me thinks all these "it happens to just make it public" episodes are in fact just APIs of sorts for their cash donating partners.

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XP? Thanks for the memories

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Re:Lets try Win 7 64-bit

Core app one...compatibility mode/native

Core app two...compatibility mode/native

Core app three...compatibility mode/native

Core app four...compatibility mode/native

Love 'em or loathe 'em MS did actually put some thought into Windows 7 and seem to have made it very difficult to legitimately not upgrade (providing you're a windows shop). I speak as someone working for a company that couldn't find their arsehole from a hole in the ground but are happily (and successfully) rolling out Windows 7 64-bit enterprise version.

As for those stating license cost issues I'd imagine MS would be very amenable to you moving off of XP onto 7 so the initial costs would be very accommodating.

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Cameron cocks up UK's defences - and betrays Afghan troops

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@neb

Ranks right up there with minge.

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@graeme

"keep it for weather patrols and if there's a major civilian incident its use can be billed to some other department."

Health Dept. would be a good starting point.

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@Obviously

"No matter what you say, we would not be practically defenceless under any other party."

No, we'd be demonstrably bankrupt.

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Re:Bias

I see your point but on the issue of carriers I'd agree with getting some f-18s in. Cheaper and in the super hornet variant about as capable as we'd need against any opponent until the F35s come down in price.

What Lewis doesn't seem to acknowledge in his critique is that his expectations for cuts were unrealistic as Cameron is of course from the very Humphrey class that runs the Army and RAF hence they got their way.

I'm not really interested in who started Nimrod or Typhoon as Labour (during their 13 year reign) had ample opportunity to change things and didn't so are equally culpable especially given some of the huge majorities they had.

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Green light for spooks' net snoop plan

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@Pat 11

No, but I'm pretty sure they don't have the meatsack resources to focus their attention on old-mate smut surfing in the corner.

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List-makers battle to keep football fixture lists protection

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@Ken Hagan

It almost certainly is computerised. It sounds like a standard Operational Research/Linear Programming optimisation problem the likes of which you get taught at Uni i.e. given these constraints find a solution to this problem.

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Hand over illegal porn at the border, please

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@Christopher

I think you need to go look up the stats - it's a claim often made by Aussies against their Tasman compatriots but Australia has 10% of the Worlds sheep. Over 100 million of them. Baa-baas per human is a different story though.

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Apple rolls out two new MacBook Air models

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Shame about the chip

Nice design, shit CPU. Core 2 Duo? At the prices Apple charge I'd be looking for the new i-series ULV processors.

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Dane-Elec myDitto Nas device

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@jason 7

QNAP ones do. Takes the write speed down from over 60MB/s to around 15MB/s or below though.

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